July 21, 2006

Battle of the Offenses

On Friday night it wasn't like a typical win during the Twins winning streak, it wasn't a pitching battle. In fact, it was far from a pitching battle as the Twins and Indians scored a combined 20 runs. But the result was much like the others as the Twins scored more of the 20 run winning 14-6. The starting pitching for both teams wasn't very good as Silva went 4.1 innings, giving up 13 hits, 6 runs, and striking out 1 batter. C.C. Sabathia only went 3.2 innings giving up 8 runs. As you will read below neither team had a Homerun.

The offense was very good for the Twins as everybody in the lineup had a hit except for Jason Bartlett, and he even had 2 sac flys. Rondell White went 4-5 with 4 RBI and he was again playing in leftfield. Who ever said Cuddyer was on a slump? He went 3-5 with 4 RBI as well. The Twins had a combined 18 hits and left a total of 11 batters on base (walks, hits, and HBP). Joe Mauer again saw his batting average rise as he went 3-5, his batting average now stands at .381.
The Bullpen was good again as Kyle Lohse came in and got one out, Reyes then came in to get out of the jam in the fifth, he also got one out in the 6th inning. Jesse Crain came in and pitched 2.1 innings he allowed only 3 hits while striking out 2 batters. Pat Neshek came in for the lat out in the eighth inning and the bases loaded and got out of it, he also pitched the ninth inning and had a total of 2 strikeouts.

Player-by-Player Stats:
Since there was so much offense on Friday night, there will be a Player-by-Player stats column for this post.

Luis Castillo: 1-6, run scored, led off the game with a double.
Nick Punto: 1-6, run scored, struck out 4 times.
Joe Mauer: 3-5, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, batting average up to .381.
Michael Cuddyer: 3-5, 3 runs scored, 4 RBI, 3 two-out RBI.
Justin Morneau: 2-4, 4 runs, average at .308.
Rondell White: 4-5, 1 run scored, 4 RBI, HBP, season high in hits and RBI.
Josh Rabe: 2-5, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, first career RBI.
Jason Tyner: 2-5, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, 7 RBI since filling in for Hunter.
Jason Bartlett: 0-2, 0 runs scored, 2 RBI, both RBI on sac-flys.

Wild Card Update:
With the win in Friday, and the Whit Sox loss, the Minnesota Twins are now only 3 games out of the AL Wild Card with the Yankees 2.5 games out. The Twins will be in Chicago next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a 3 game series.

Hillenbrand Traded:
Shea Hillenbrand was not on the Twins radar (if he was they didn't get him) after all, as he was traded to the San Francisco Giants on Friday. He was traded along with Vinnie Chulk for Pitcher Jeremy Accardo.

Don't Miss It:
On Saturday the Twins will try and keep their 8 game winning streak alive as they face off against the Indians at 6:05 on FSN North. The Twins will send out Scott Baker (3-5) vs. Jeremy Sowers (1-3).